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that does it for me and "way too early." "morning joe" starts right now. >> what is going on? you see it, you don't believe it. $400 million in cash. being flown in in cash being fwloflown in an airplane to iran. >> the only bit of news that is relevant to this is we paid cash. we don't have a bank relationship with iran. >> i wonder where that money really goes, by the way. i wonder where it goes. who can authorize in terms of a president who can authorize $400,000 in cash? >> this wasn't some nefarious deal. we don't pay ransom for hostages. >> hillary clinton, furthermore, can never be trusted with national security. in fact, we're both supposed to be briefed in the not too distant future. >> they were told these were classified briefings. if they want to be present, they
have to start acting present. >> i am afraid the election is is going to be rigged, i have to be honest. of course the elections will not be rigged. what does that mean? >> it is a crooked system. a rigged system. we're running against a rigged system. >> this will be an election like every other election. sometimes when folks start to lose they start complaining they got cheated. i never heard of someone complaining about being cheated before the game is over. it's unpressanted to have a president lash out that much. joe has the morning off, but with us on set we have veteran columnist mike barnicle. >> that's me. >> managing editor and co host of "all due respect." mark halperin and then there's this guy. oh, god, i mean, seriously. first thing he says to me in the morning is something to me about
my voice and it's lewd. this is how we start the morning off. >> you know i bought the word legendary from barnacle. >> it was very simple. >> you might want to read the word legendary. >> no, you're just donny deutsch. you're here by marriage. just sit at the table and be quiet. in washington, former chairman of michael steele. we need to talk. it's time for your party to just do something serious and for itself before it just implodes, right? >> i mean, yeah, some truth to that statement. so many levels, yes. >> yes. >> columnist and associate editor for "washington post" david ignatius. great tahave you onboard. good morning. >> good morning. >> we did say that donald trump would win the primary. seems to me that was pretty
perfect. as the weeks and months went past and some of the things we saw at the convention i was certain and set on the record his poll numbers would go down because this is not general election behavior. he said he would pivot, he has not. which is someone who does not keep his word and it's a scam. we end the week with a look at a continued slide in the polls for donald trump. the newly released nbc/"wall street journal" poll puts him at a nine-point disadvantage to hillary clinton. 47% to 38%. hillary clinton is ahead in a four-way match. clinton's nine-point lead is larger than any lead in the 2012 race and the biggest since barack obama's lead in mid-october, 2008. a new national poll has clinton up 15 boints. 15 points. that is a 12-point swing in her favor since last month. this is a direct reaction to
what america has seen. they don't like it. as for the swing states a new poll in florida shows clinton ahead by six. 48 to trump's 42%. now the florida poll comes on the heels of the swing states we showed you yesterday showing clinton opening up some big lead over trump up by 11 points in pennsylvania. 9 points in michigan and 15 points in new hampshire. mark, want to spell it out for us or do you need me to? this is pretty basic. people are turned off, are they not? >> he's running against a weak candidate. >> and losing. >> strong democratic convention, the pick of tim kaine and trump just having a horrible run on a range of issues including fighting with the gold star family leaves him with a perilous situation. but with voter groups that have been part of the republican coalition for a long time. these he's got time to get
things closer before the first debate. but psychologically this is coming at the worst possible time because the democrats are going after elite republicans and working class white voters in a way that puts trump more on the defensive. >> yeah, donny deutsch, you know donald, i do, too. what do you think is going on here? it's self-destructive, at the very least, self-destructive behavior. there is nobody in his campaign and, quite frankly, joe and i have talked to him over the months and just been hopeful that he'll be more positive for america. nothing. in fact, every advice you give him that might be good he does the opposite. it is almost like he doesn't want to win this thing. >> what i find almost insane at this point is that we need an intervention. this is 90 days from this guy having the nuclear codes.
what if he is president? where does the intervention come from? i know donald personally and i like the person. what happened at the two conventions it it stopped being about who they are as candidates and we start to think about who we are as a country and what the democrats served up. that's what we think as a country. the interesting thing and nobody has done this. you guys were talking yesterday on the show, what would you say to trump? i would say to trump, hey, buddy, you say you're worth $10 billion. you say on your balance sheet a 3 billion net worth to your name, you're killing it. your multi-million dollar properties in new york city is not your base that is renting and buying in those. it's educated white people. it's educated black people. >> i'm hearing reservations are down 15%. people are not going to his hotels. >> your net worth is dropping, buddy. you said you were worth 10 and now you're probably worth 1.
that's how you get this guy to turn. >> it's hurting his brand and hurting his bottom line. mike barnicle. >> david ignatius in "washington post" after typing all day yesterday your column appears in the "post" op-ed page and references a couple of things that are out there that are under the surface. one is his inability to understand the concept of loss with the kahn family and the other is his continuing telling the tale of people getting of money coming off of a plane that no one else has ever seen on tv. you reference those things today and in a bleak way. talk about your piece today and donald trump psychologically. >> what i was trying to do this morning in my column, mike. explain one of the riddles of this campaign, certainly the success trump had in getting the nomination in which that despite clear evidence that he was
misstating, falsifying the facts, the most famous example for me is the thousands of muslims cheering in new jersey the day the twin towers went down. despite reputation of that people continue to believe in trump as a candidate. there's a really rich literature that explains why this happens. the more you go at people who have strong beliefs rather than changing their minds with the facts, you sometimes get them to dig in further. it's known as the backfire effect to psychologists. i do think with the attack on the goldstar family, on the parents, trump went a bridge too far in his campaign. i think there is real revulsion at that. here are these parents, obviously, grief stricken.
their son clearly a hero. clearly doing the country's business on all of our behalf. try to argue trump out of these positions, you'd lose. people would just watch and making up their own minds. it seems from the full results, we're getting a good result. >> couple other numbers to sprinkle in here that are important. among women, donald trump trails by 16 points. among nonwhite voters he trailed by 62 points. among african-american votes he trails by 90 points. 91 to 1. michael steele, let me ask you that he just referenced. the $4 million coming off the plane in iran. his campaign was asked, was it possible the video he was thinking of is the one of the hostages being returned in geneva. spokesperson said, yes, that is probably what it is. after he said that, he goes back
on stage and having seen the video of the money coming off the plane. the frustration i heard from a lot of republicans is, man, this is a story we should be seizing on. this is a great story to criticize president obama and criticize the third term that hillary clinton would be his weakness, et cetera, et cetera. this is the video from january of the hostages getting off the plane. that story and his willingness to stick with a story that is not true represents the problem for donald trump. >> part of it, he can't be wrong. once he's established the point, the fact, the conversation, it undermines him in some way. it must, must see it this way. if he backs off of that. what i don't think he appreciates is that there is a genuineness and a gratefulness from the public when you say, oh, you know what, i got that wrong. i thought this video was this,
it wasn't that. i think it goes to what david said. a doubling down, a tripling down. sort of what i have decided and this is what i have determined and this is the point i am going to make. when i look at the ark from last year what donald trump i think now is beginning to appreciate some of us hope he is that in a primary, yeah, you can probably get away with that, but in a general election, you can't. and that is the stark difference between how the public begins to look at these things, as well. this doubling down while it worked in a primary, you're going at each other and they kind of expect that, the public expects that to a certain degree. in the general, they want to see that softer side, if you will. they want to see that vulnerability. these aren't weak words when you apply them to a presidential
candidate. they are actually strengthening words in the eyes of the viewers. >> michael, i just want to ask you a quick question. are you a dad? >> yeah. >> i want to not talk about policy for a moment and i want you to answer from your heart as a dad, as a man. is donald trump in any way fit to be the commander in chief of this country? don't answer me as a republican, answer me as a dad. because to me as a dad i worry for my children. the isis not funny any more. and i want you, you are a smart man and a man that ran that party and you are a father. put all politics aside, are you okay with that man having his hands on the nuclear codes? >> look, i'm not okay with what i see right now, to be honest. >> what you see is what you get. >> look, we'll see by the end of this campaign, by the time i get to the voting booth, i'll have a full assessment -- >> let me help you all out. >> let me just finish the point,
the idea that, you know, because certain people that resolve their conclusions on donald trump sometimes before it and sometimes people are still continuing. my view of it is, i don't like the way this is playing itself out. i know donald trump, i work with dopl donald trump and i -- >> here is the answer to your question, as well. former head and deputy director of the cia, michael morale out with a new piece entitled "i ran the cia and now i'm endorsing hillary clinton." he says this, david ignatius, i would like to go to you after this. i spent four years working with mrs. clinton when she was secretary of state, most often in the white house situation room, in these critically important meetings, i found her
to be prepared, detail oriented, thoughtful, inquisitive. the character traits he has exhibited during the primary season suggest he would be a poor, even dangerous commander in chief. it is already damaging our national security. president vladimirpu putin of russia mr. putin played upon mr. trump's vulnerabilities by complimenting him. he responded just as mr. putin had calculated. mr. trump has taken policy positions consistent with russian, not american, interests. in the intelligence business, we would say that mr. putin has recruited mr. trump as an unwitting agent of the russian federation. david ignatius, is this a crazy concept? >> well, it may be a step too
far. sometimes intelligence -- useful idiots. >> yes. >> that's the term of our -- >> i don't know if that makes me feel better. >> it's a powerful statement by michael morale and he was very close to george w. bush. talking to hillary clinton's closest advisors before both conventions, they said to me, our basic plan is to show every day that donald trump is unsuitable to be president. the amazing thing is that since the conventions started, it's almost as if every day donald trump is following the script that was britain by the democrats. every day he finds some way to show that temperamentally he is not the right person. the worries about him grow and grow. clearly demonstrated in the polls. i just note that was their strategy to make precisely the point that michael morale was
making in that piece. >> off of what david just said. the weekend prior to the democratic convention i was speaking with several people very high up in the hillary clinton campaign and they were estimating one of the cards they were going to play out of the box is the commander in chief card. it seems to be having some effect. do you agree with that? >> i do. two main frames the democrats want taput on them. he's unsuitable to be commander in chief and that he's mean spirited and he's a jerk the shorthand a lot of them use. the reason the incident was so powerful is because it implicated both of those themes that people just find, someone who is ungracious to a goldstar family and someone who doesn't understand the role that our veterans play and our fallen play in our national discourse. >> someone that holds a purple hearts.
and treats it like -- >> hillary clinton running with children says it all and does it all. >> there are positive things about this candaens, but they're not on display ever. it's tough for him now. they're frustrated. they say the press isn't treating him fairly. he's not giving people a reason -- it's going to take a lot for that to happen. there's a reason he has fallen so far in the polls. alienating large blocks of polls that he needed to win. >> to go back to the video thing that people want to focus in the republican party that the idea that there was a $400 million ransom payment, that is a big deal. instead the conversation is instead him talking about the video that he saw and staying with a story that he knows isn't true. he has done that with how many issues? >> what is that video, really. >> the hostages getting off the plane in geneva. it happened on sunday, where
hillary clinton said director and instead more about the family. he steps on moments that could be good for him and republicans. >> this campaign is being written as we speak and i think it's been underestimated this one thing that occurred. it's been talked about but underestimated. when mr. kahn looked into the camera and said you have sacrificed nothing. it's universal. no one gets out of life without losing something. we all understand loss. a parent dying, a child dying. donald trump seems uniquely incapable of articulating his sense of what it is like. >> he's building buildings and making money is the sacrifice. he's showing us his core. i want to stop talking about pivoting. >> even if it happens, it's an act. he's showing us what's there. >> it's not even happening as an
act. >> even tomorrow gop numbers. even if it does, we've already seen the show and all that would be is somebody saying to him, your networth is dropping. >> here's the question for republican leaders. pull your endorsements. please don't make me or anyone at this table on television, you know, i get it. but don't make us the ones to tell you. you need to pull your endorsement. you need to do something strong. you need to lead. we are begging you to lead. and, donny, we could talk about this a little more, but this is hurting his business. talk about the biggest loser, isn't that a show on nbc. he could end up being the biggest loser. he could lose this election huge and his brand could be damaged forever. at this point, that's where he's going. and we haven't been wrong about him so far. i wouldn't mock that, donald trump. still ahead on "morning joe" -- >> what i said about your voice, by the way. >> need you to pivot.
>> i stay on brand. >> donny deutsch, what you see is what you get. the donald trump of our show. >> hey, hey, hey, hey. >> still ahead on "morning joe" an 11-year-old asks mike pence a question on the trail, but why the boy may not have been asking exactly what he was asking in the first place and why that matters. trump's running mate backs with him, once again. might be nice if they back some of the republican people up for re-election but they won't because he doesn't keep his word which is why you should pull your endorsements. we're going to get his take on the crack that shows little sign of mending. but, first, bill karins with a check on the forecast. >> just hit donny's mute button. this weekend looks pretty good.
we'll dodge some typical summer-time thunderstorms. excessive heat warnings continue. feel like 108 to 110 this afternoon. still watching the four corner region. maybe some isolated thunderstorms will give us some flash flooding and some of the worst weather found between kansas city and st. louis and much of the state of oklahoma and kansas also being cooled off with some storms. this cold front is what we are going to track this weekend. showers and storms today. toledo watch out and also around detroit and cincinnati around buffalo and on saturday as we get more juice to it, little more hot and little more humid. that will spark some thunderstorms. washington, d.c., new york, it will only last half hour but a run indoors during your saturday afternoon. watching the heat in texas and then during the weekend just watching the hit and miss storms in many areas of the east. here is washington, d.c. looks like we'll cool you off
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donald trump is taking his campaign to green bay, wisconsin, today. with the state's three highest profile republicans, governor scott walker and house speaker paul ryan all say they will not attend trump's rally. meanwhile, both donald trump and mike pence are downplaying reports. >> he called me the other day and said, do you mind? he likes paul ryan. paul ryan is a good guy. he's a good guy. so, mike called me and he said yesterday and he said, would you mind if i endorsed. i won't do that if it is going to cause any complications or problems. he's the greatest guy and greatest human being. he said that. i like him, he's a friend of mine would you mind if i endorse him. i said, mike, you like him? go ahead and do it 100%.
he endorsed him. >> of course, i support john mccain and kelly ayotte and all our republican incumbents. donald trump and i are in constant communication and we talked a little bit yesterday. i told him that paul ryan was my friend of many years and a strong, conservative leader and i told him to support him and he strongly encouraged it. >> when asked pence did not endorse senators mccain and ayotte. i remember traveling with john mccain to indiana to campaign for several times for a desperate mike pence. shame on him, #karma. speaker ryan meanwhile is standing by his endorsement of donald trump, though he did hint that a possible future reversal during radio yesterday. >> would there ever be a bridge too far? >> i always said, of course, there are moments in that. i won't get into the speculation
or hypothetical. that goes with any situation and any kind of race. but right now, i think it's important that the voters, you know, he won the delegates. he won the thing fair and square. it's just that simple. we just came out of our convention and, yeah, he had pretty strange run since the convention. you would think we ought to be focusing on hillary clinton and it is distressing that that's not what we're talking about these days. >> anyone hoping that paul ryan would pull back his endorsement of donald trump was disappointed by what he heard. he went on in some detail that donald trump won this nomination fair and square and he'll expect the vote of grass roots republicans. >> yeah, i still think that's a legitimate point despite how others may view it. at the end of the day, this is still a political process. this is about winning the white house in november. this is about holding a majority in the house and retaining your majority in the senate. that's the politics of that.
we can grab the moral high ground on a whole bunch of things about how we feel about donald trump saying this, that or the other thing. speaker ryan has an obligation to his members to make sure their seats are safe. so, he's trying to, you know, thread this needle very carefully because he's got a very anxious, upset base that he's got to be concerned about. he has a donor class that is upset and bothered. so, all of these pieces are being triangulated one way or another right now. a lot of republicans, quite honestly. donald trump, i said it yesterday and i'll say it it again. donald trump has to come and meet the party halfway if this thing is going to work. otherwise a cluster you know what right through november and a lot of people in the party are going to be in the very awkward position of trying to thread that needle day in and day out. there will come a point, quite honestly, they will stop doing that. >> i mean, it should happen
right now. he hasn't come through. >> it can't, mika. >> why? >> we're trying to win the election. are you going to give this election to hillary clinton? >> michael, are you sure you want to do that? >> at the end of the day this is about the supreme court and the policies -- >> actually, it is about our safety. >> a lot of things here. look, you have your candidate. you clearly have your candidate. >> no, i really don't. i'm going to vote for hillary clinton, but i have a lot of questions. i don't think she's the perfect candidate and i've been really skeptical. i am voting for hillary clinton because there's absolutely no way. >> you have your candidate. >> donald trump seems like he might not even be all right, if you know what i'm saying. >> not everybody feels the way you feel. there are those who do actually support donald trump. and, so, the fact of the matter is this is a fight for the white house this fall. and a lot of republicans, myself included, will be in this fight
through this fall. that's what this is. now, we put up the fight and we've got a candidate right now who is weak. no doubt about that. a lot of us are trying to strengthen this candidate and get him on the pay so he can win this thing. that's what mike halperin -- >> instead of talking in circles. you know i don't like your answer. i will just say that he came upon the national -- >> but i appreciate yours. >> thank you. >> he joined this race saying he was a dealmaker. i make deals. i make deals. that's what i do. i make deals. has he made any deals with republicans or has he just pulled the rug out from underneath them? you think about that and you think about whether you want to work with that guy, republicans. you think you want to endorse that guy? that guy says he's a dealmaker. he has not kept one word with any of you. and he's embarrassed you all and he's embarrassing our country. good luck. >> to that point, ask mark a
question. is there a logic. historically you'll see this with kelly's numbers. we all know that hillary clinton is a flawed candidate and many people, democrats and republicans voting for her that if the party starts to move away from trump that is there is a logic that a lot of logics go, i'll go for hillary but going down on the ticket. gridlock this thing. counterintuitive it could happen. >> senate candidates more than house candidates and they have gerrymander and don't give hillary clinton a blank check if she wins. ticket splitting is less comb than it used to be. kelly ayotte is not going to win, she's not going to win unless there are clinton ayotte
voters in new hampshire. during a town hall event yesterday mike pence was put on the spot by an 11-year-old in the audience. >> my name is matthew and i'm 11 years old and i've been watching the news and you have been softening up on mr. trump's policies and words. is this your role? is this going to be your role in the administration? >> number one, this boy has a future. i couldn't be more proud to stand with donald trump and we are shoulder to shoulder in this campaign, my friend. sometimes things don't always come out like you mean, right? and donald trump and i are absolutely determined to work together. >> so, matthew is a sixth grader, incoming sixth grader. if you think he asked that question because he wants pence to change trump, it seems, though, it's the other way around. >> these last few weeks pence has been, pence has been kind of
like softening up on what mr. trump is saying afterwards. some things the khan family and i was kind of worried about him and i just wanted to make sure that he was totally loyal to mr. trump and the republican party and now i think he is. >> oh. >> he's 11. he's 11. >> i guess it's good he's interested in politics. coming up, peggy newnan is unambiguous in her latest piece about donald trump, the week they decided he was crazy. that is coming up in the must-read opinion pages. ♪
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campaign back to maine yesterday. his second visit since winning the republican primary in hopes of picking off the state that hasn't voted for a republican since 1988. the beginning of trump's speech was disrupted by protesters holding up. when he asked if trump had ever read that document, at the rally trump spoke of the threat of terror through immigration bringing up the boston marathon bombings and suggesting a danger from maine's growing refugee community from somalia. >> the most important issues facing civilization right now is radical islamic terrorism. we've just seen many, many crimes getting worse all the time. and as maine knows, a major destination for somali refugees. we admit hundreds of thousands in demand and in other places in the united states.
hundreds of thousands of refugees and they're coming from among the most dangerous territories and countries anywhere in the world. the boston bombers, remember the boston bombers -- what a horrible thing that was. arrived through the political asylum process, right. the younger brother applied for citizenship and was naturalized on september 11th, 2012. the older brother had a pending application for citizenship. that's wonderful. we take them. we take them. how violent and how vicious and how horrible was that? okay. and if they're not here, we don't have that incident. hillary clinton wants to have them come in by the hundreds of thousands. just remember.
this has nothing to do with politics, folks. this is a whole different level. this has to do with pure, raw stupidity. >> a lot to comb through there. but the ap reports that the u.s. has admitted 7,900 of the 10,000 refugees to accept this fiscal year. hillary clinton said she would like to see an increase from 10,000 to 65,000 refugees. david ignatius latest piece why facts don't matter to trump supporters. trump's campaign pushes buttons that social scientists understand. when the gop paints a picture of a dark, frightening america, he triggers the fight or flight response in our brain. screaming back at trump over these past ten months have been satisfying for his critics. what seems to be hurting trump in the polls now that trouble his even most passionate
supporters. correct his remaining fans may only deepen their attachment. >> david, off of that piece, off of what you have written, off of your knowledge of people on both sides of the aisle in washington, can you envision any time soon the following happening. some republicans standing up and saying, country first. country is more important than priority. because donald trump just in that clip, that brief clip that we showed talking about somali refugees in maine, he is incorrect. he's wrong. somali refugees that lived in maine peacefully for a decade and then keeps s regurgitatine stuff. >> we've seen prominent republicans refusing to endorse trump, pulling back, criticizing him. john mccain's statement about
the khan family was very moving. no one can speak about the nation at war quite the way john mccain has. i think there will be more of those. michael steele got to the basic point that republicans face is if they're seeing a tidal wave election that can sweep house and senate away from republican control to make some tough calculations. final point i would make, if we have a major terrorist attack in the united states between now and election day, i think you're in a very different situation. it plays to donald trump's strengths and difficult for the democrats and difficult for president obama. that must be something that they think in the end be a game changer for them. >> which is really scary and wrote about this a couple months ago and i've been feeling this way. you know the jihadists and the fundamentalists want trump in there. they want a guy representing our country dividing the world and saying muslims are this and muslims are that. if you do that math, they want
it in there. the thing that would really help trump is a terrorist attack. then you go, wow, is this -- is there, i don't want to start to frighten people. but if you do the math, you go the terrorists and radical islamists want trump in there. if the way trump gets in there is a terrorist attack thus, i get scared. you really start to do that logic and it's frightening. >> so, peggy newnan writes in "washington post" the week they decided he was crazy. i think this week marks a certain coming to terms with where the election is coming. politics is about trends and tendencies. the trends for donald trump are not good and he tends not to change. here is the truth of life. when you act as if you are insane, people are liable to think you're.
so strange on so many levels. donald trump is said to be in love with the idea of success. dividing the world between winners and losers. but he just won big and couldn't take yes for an answer. he should be the happiest man in the world. all he had to do was calm down, build bridges, reach out, reassure and be gracious. she could not be more correct a about what he could have done with the republican nomination. and he's literally taken it and just flushed it down the toilet. and the reputations of many good republican leaders. okay. i'm to go without comment to tease. >> i think that was comment. >> you said i should stop now, fine. am i not making myself clear or too clear, maybe. >> the voice helps. coming up next hour,
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support efforts against the islamic state and repeated his past claim that military might will not be enough. >> even though we need to crush on the battlefield. drives people to violence, then groups like isol will keep emerging and the international community will continue to be at risk in getting sucked into the kind of global whack a mole where we're always reacting to the latest threat. that's why we're also working to counter. >> it was clear president obama was making the point there is no easy answer here. this is going to be a long fight that we can have planes taking off from aircraft carriers as much as we want. this is a battle against an ideolo ideology. ending all the syria meetings with his national security team saying is there anything more we could be doing and no simple
answers. is there more based on what you know that we could be doing? >> i think the president has begun to use more of the tools that are available to him. the bombing attacks on libya this week were significant. the threat that isis would break out in libya and make that a new safe haven, which was in january, something everybody was worried about in washington is now much reduced. number of fighter has gone from over 5,000 to under 1,000 and the ones that are there are really on the run. i thought the president was giving himself a report card yesterday on where things stand before he heads off on his vacation. you could see the way in which he's worried. they're talking about the possibility of playing whack a mole. worried he'd go to martha's vineyard and one of these days he'll hear from his communication's people. he was telling the country we are doing as much as we can and we can't stop everything but you
can see the concern that he feels as president. >> david, for those few people among us who are not paying attention to the threat of terrorism, talk briefly, if you could, about homegrown terrorism here and the access to weapons here in the united states that terrorists find in no other place in the world. >> well, the striking way to say it, mike, is just to quote what isis leaders have been saying in their own internal communications. that the united states is hard to get into. it is hard to operate there. but a very attractive target because weapons are so easily obtainable. made this point you can get a gun if you don't have a criminal conviction. brothers and sisters, this is a place where you can think about taking action. it should concern people who are focused on the terrorism threat. in general, i think the estimation and intelligence professionals in the u.s. and
europe is that europe is a more exposed and vulnerable target. we've learned to be much better about the defensive security measures, screening people and airlines and other travel. but the availability of guns make the u.s. a special target. >> david ignatius, thank you very much. still ahead this morning whatever small bumps in the polls the republican nominee may have gotten after his convention has now vanished after a week of missteps. nbc chuck todd, haley jackson and eugene robinson join us to talk about this unprecedented week in politics. ♪ only those who dare
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>> this is a lot of people pretty worried. asked a foreign policy expert three times why we just can't use our nuclear weapons. he is told the same thing, he is just a baby. he didn't know he was interrupting your speech. trump is not backing down. he held a rally in virginia where he had a message for people who don't like him. >> listen, even if people don't like me, they have to vote for me. you do like me, i hope. but i said, even if you can't stand donald ump, you think donald trump is the worst. you're going to vote for me. >> is he trying to hip ypnotize. you had no choice. you take the pepsi. welcome back to "morning
joe." friday, august 5th. it's summer. joe has the morning off. legendary columnist -- >> legendary. >> mike barnicle. mike's here. mark halperin. infamous in so many ways we can't say on television, ad man donny deutsch. that works. that works. les let's try it, again. >> is that lewd as in qualefrom '80s. >> sometimes, donny, everybody's right. former chairman of the republican national committee, michael steele. and joining the conversation political director and moderator of "meet the press" chuck todd. and pulitzer prize winning columnist eugene robinson.
how are we doing today? >> we're doing fine. mika, how are you? i had the laryngitis thing last week. >> i literally had no voice for two days and you all couldn't be more pleased. >> michael steele is wishing it comes back. >> michael. look, i'm just being clear and i don't think you're allowing yourself deep inside subconsciously. i don't think you're allowing yourself to be honest. >> mika, i don't think you are allowing yourself to be honest either. you didn't listen to donald trump in the last cut there. whether you like him or not, you have to vote for him. >> you have to vote for him. >> so, great. >> i got your ballot for you. >> thanks. >> the newly released, let me help you out. i'm not going to need it. the newly released nbc "wall street journal" poll puts donald
trump at and clinton is ahead 43% to 34% in a four-way matchup. clinton's nine-point lead is larger than any lead measured at this point in the 2012 race. a new mcclatchy poll has clinton up 12-point swing in her favor since last month. as for the swing states a new suffolk florida poll. comes on the heels of the swing states we showed you yesterday showing clinton opening up some big leads over trump. up by 11 points in pennsylvania, 9 points in michigan and 15 points in new hampshire. chuck todd, looks like it's finally taking a tol. >> next week could be more painful for trump when he watches the polls come in. we have only seen a handful of
swing state votes. i know of private polling we've heard. you'll keep seeing it and we'll have one of the shock ones, too, where a red state. we already know about utah where there will be another red state next week where we'll see clinton ahead in a state you're going, what? there's definitely been some shift. there's sort of a you see in our poll and almost every one of these polls a couple similar patterns. number one, a ten-point advantage of democratic unity. she's doing better with democrats than trump is republicans. she's getting double-digit support among republicans. it's in the teens but sitting there at double digits. 12, 13, something like that. the only good news for trump is his message tests through the roof. but it's everything else. it's when he's attached to it that becomes the problem. and when his name is involved
that is the problem. >> the message being what, chuck? >> two different ways. we used just a basic, who is more likely to change business as usual in washington. do you want to see, essentially status quo or something different? we tested one of his lines in the speech from his acceptance speech. didn't attach to his name to it, but just his line. and more voters thought it described what america, what was going on in america today. the point is, his law and order message. a lot of it tests very well. but it's when you attach him to it that it becomes more problematic. >> chuck, does his base move at all given the difficulties his campaign has had in the last ten days? does his base move at all? >> well, it looks like it has. look where his numbers have been sitting. depends on what his base is. his core base is somewhere between 25 and 40. the other thing i've noticed here i can't believe the number of national polls where he's below 40.
you know, he's not, he's not, that is a, he is sort of falling through a new floor, which means his base is smaller than the actual republican base. >> when you look at a four-way race in our poll yesterday put gary johnson and trump was at 33%. let's look through some of these numbers specifically. clinton leads by nine points but her favorability rating still upside down. 53 have an unfavorable view, but donald trump does worse. his favorable rating is at 28% in our poll with 61% and hillary clinton strongest groups include a 16-point advantage among women. 52-point advantage among nonwhite voters and a 91 to 1 margin among african-americans. >> you're telling me he has a shot? >> yes, i am. and seven-point lead with white voters with a college degree, 47
to 40. another interesting note, secretary clinton is now effectively tied with trump among men. 43 to 42. trump has a five-point edge among white voters. 40 to 45% and she needs to win by 20 points to be competitive. excuse me, trump does. trump holds narrow leads among seniors and independents and that mcclatchy/marist poll. hillary clinton 41, gary johnson 23 and jill stein 16. one number that jumped out at me is hillary clinton among white voters with a four-year college degree is plus seven against donald trump. that is a group of voters that mitt romney won by 14 points. >> trump can't -- look, things change. this is a snapshot.
obviously, trump would get creamed. it's not possible to win the general election in august. it is arguably possible to lose it in august. and i think this is just a direct result of the two conventions plus trump's post-convention antics which i think quite rightly have raised red flags among voters who have looked at him and what he's saying and what he's doing and as chuck said no longer so much his message as him. as this guy who voters have questions about and whether or not they want this guy in the oval office. >> hey, chuck, it's donny. he can pivot and snapshot and eight or ten points and that could evaporate. we understand the clinton campaign is a very smart campaign. the things he has done and said, even if he stops, they're not going away. you look at that amazing ad that
hillary clinton is running with the children. how granular her campaign is and getting the votes out and microtargeting. i can't see it getting better for trump. that stuff's not going away. >> i don't either. but i can't believe we're talking about polls and we haven't. i mean, i'm still laughing at mark halperin's tweet from last night. >> which one is that? >> he said polls are just a snapshot in time but sometimes a snapshot of a severed arm. >> oh, my gosh. i have to say, halperin, that was a drop the mike moment. >> wow. >> it was hard to top that. >> i followed the advice of my former colleague, yeah, i said it on the show, but then i tweeted it, as well. >> that's fantastic. >> the reality is, yes, if the election was held today, trump
would lose. including some senate seats that we aren't talking about and the house majority in peril and donald trump losing the white house. demographics they rely on to hold the majority. >> let me just paint what the next two weeks are going to look like. the clinton campaign has bought time in the olympics. the trump campaign has not. by the way, these ads. they did a few warm and fuzzy spots in july. everything now is just -- a new one this morning that is republican conservatives critics. republican critics and conservative critics on foreign policy of donald trump. and this is going to, she's going to pound the next two weeks and, look, this race is probably going to, the gap is probably going to widen. >> chuck, we have that ad. let's roll it right now. >> if he governs consistent with
some of the things he said as a candidate, i would be very frightened. >> he's been talking about the option of using -- >> this is not somebody who should be handed the nuclear codes. >> you have to ask yourself, do i want people of that temperament in control of the nuclear codes. as of now, i'd have to say no. >> then you look at the piece written by mike morale this morning. >> former cia director -- >> i said this for months. you have to be afraid of this man and that will be the message that will stun and continue and, look, if you can judge hillary clinton so far on her competency based on the campaign and based on the commercials, it's lawless. if this is a kind of a trial for how you're going to behave as president. >> well, also, mark, it gets to
an issue we raised yesterday. donald trump's very successful fund-raising period. he raises an enormous amount of money showing definite signs of strength. almost a bernie sanders kind of strength with small donations and, apparently, no apparatus to spend that money. >> yeah. i'll tell you the other thing is this is when politics bad gets worse. some donors have said to me, we're upset that he raised so much money online because it is going to mean, i don't need to change. raising money from grassroots why do i need to change? >> bad business. we'll get to this a little bit later. >> he clings to the positive. >> not a lot of positive to cling to. he focuses on poll numbers. he's obsessed with them. it's a thing for him. >> the rigged polls. >> i noticed he hasn't gone there yet.
i thought it was interesting the other day when he said i look at these crowds and i don't understand the polls. i don't know -- i noticed that he hasn't gone to rig polls. by the way, the other thing that anybody noticed why trump, the clinton campaign is very cleverly, they try to run these ads in ways where they know trump's watching. and there's a reason why -- if you watch. he always responds. look at how many times he has specifically responded to the m kelly and they quote him on the disabl reporter and he feels he needs to respond to them to this day. the ad runs on stuff that he watches. >> an old trick in the ad business, you would always take out a billboard across from the ceo's office. so right now i would be shocked
in the next few days or weeks we don't see an ad on west 57th street a billboard right in trump's face. >> the irony -- >> he talked about how many times he would stop and watch him -- >> the irony is trump was a master in using television and using psychological war fare and the clinton people are using both of those tools very effectively. >> democrats polling ahead when it comes to democrats' preference. 47% of registered voters would like to see democrats back in power. 43% prefer that republicans keep the ga-- you're right, trump wi leave the lasting stain on republicans. do republicans know this, gene? to republicans who hope to emerge from the donald trump
fiasco with any shred of political viability of self-respect. i offer some unsolicited advice. run, do not walk, to the nearest exit. along with so many other elected republicans you are not fools. you are well aware that the party of lincoln has nominated for president a man unfit to hold office. i understand that puts you in a tough spot politically. but even if he loses, republicans, trump will leave a lasting stain. if you tell us such a man should be president, why should the nation ever believe anything else you say? >> yeah. well, you know, look, the way that this is going right now, this is a decision that a lot of republicans who have serious reservations about trump who
actually many don't want to see him be president but feel they have to support him, if they haven't already reached, they're going to get to it soon. and i think they really are going to surrender a lot of credibility and a lot of good will and good faith with the american people by continuing to pretend that they think donald trump would be a good president when they really don't. they just don't. >> no, i don't understand. chuck, we have to go. just really quickly. educate me. why support someone who's wrong. but that's happened to paul ryan and to many others. just screw them over. completely not made a deal. the dealmaker. why is this good for him politically to stick by him? >> look, it's -- this was a case where they thought they had two options and both were bad
options. and both would melt the republican party in different ways. look, ryan made the calculation that if he didn't stand by him, number one, he could get, he could put the house in jeopardy because if the party. now, granted the party may be in jeopardy anyway. all these calculations about supporting trump have been about keeping the fragile voting coalition together enough to keep the house. now, in the long run, it may have been that's a, you know, it was a bad bet. but they know the other way how that goes. they know what happens there. you alienate the trump wing of the party and, you know, who knows where they end up. that was the fear. they didn't have a big enough anti-trump coalition to keep the house. >> if you want an indication of how deep and heart felt paul ryan's endorsement the candidate will be in wisconsin today. donald trump will be there and paul ryan is going to go pick up the dry cleaning.
he's not even going to stand by. >> you've got to be kidding me. >> scott walker and ron johnson. three leading figures of the party are not going to be there with trump. >> the place to be tuesday night and wednesday morning is paul ryan's campaign headquarters when he wins this primary and press conference wednesday morning when he reacts to what donald trump has done. >> what do you have coming up on sunday on "meet the press." tim kaine and i believe it's the first full fledge sunday for him since being the nominee and we also have governor rick scott of florida. he's also the head of super pac. >> one way to sell it there, thanks, william. >> i'll be right there with you on sunday morning. >> gene robinson, thank you, as well. i'm sure republicans will follow all of your advice. tom is here to help us sort through all these polls and put them in a little bit of context.
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>> but how stupid are we? how stupid are we to allow this to continue to go on. to see what's happening and, you know it was interesting because the tape was made. you saw this with the airplane coming in. nice plane. and the airplane coming in and the money coming off, i guess, right? that was given to us, has to be, by the iranianens. and you know why the tape was given to us? because they want to embarrass our country. they want to embarrass our country. and they want to embarrass our president because we have a president who's incompetent. they want to embarrass, they want to embarrass our president. i mean,ho would ethink that they would be taking all
this money off the plane and then providing us with a tape. >> can we classify this as breaking news. >> yes, absolutely. so, you heard donald trump right there talking about this video that he saw and reiterating he saw it at a later event of the money coming off the plane and the $400 million and the secret transfer. >> he is going to cling to that. >> this is a rare thing. donald trump has tweeted this morning "the plane i saw on television was the hostage plane in geneva, switzerland, not the plane carrying $400 million going to iran. >> admitting. >> that's his account. real donald trump. >> to me a direct response to donny deutsch's challenge, trump will never change. >> he clearly confuses. he probably was watching con air. >> great flick.
sd >> can we move on here. >> he usually doesn't accept urging. >> joining us now from green bay, wisconsin, nbc news correspondent haley jackson. some of wisconsin's top republicans are not going to be at the rally for the republican nominee. >> i can hear the shock and surprise in your voice, mika. i can only picture the expression on your face. donald trump showing up at this rally here in green bay. this is not trump territory. paul ryan here who is, by the way, in the state given that his primary is coming up on tuesday. this is a state that trump did not do well on in the primaries. this was not one of his strongholds. when you think back to how this unfolded. this is a state that ted cruz did well and, hey, maybe ted
cruz could end up winning the republican nomination because he did so well in this state. trump has an uphill battle here. here is the trouble with wisconsin. this is a linchpin to his rust belt state strategy. if you look at polling now, doesn't look great. loses states like virginia and he has to win not just ohio and pennsylvania but places like wisconsin and michigan. went for barack obama back in 2012. not an easy state for him. he's coming here and going to be at staying on message and staying on script with some of these comments now from house speaker paul ryan. ryan continues to back his candidate and he's saying some interesting things about him. take a listen to what he said about a blank check. >> would there ever be a bridge too far? >> i always said of course there are moments in that. i'm not getting into the hypothetical. that goes with any kind of race. but right now i think it's
important that the voters, you know, he won the delegates. he won the thing fair and square. it's just that simple. >> here's what i'll be listening for, guys, when we look to trump's rallies later on today. two of them. one in des moines and one in green bay. second of all, what does he say about this iran plane. the plane thing that you just bumped in with that breaking news. yes, maybe it is trump admitting he is wrong, or maybe he is just saying the networks are showing the wrong video. it's not clear what that video means at this point. that's what i'm looking to. green bay later on tonight. i know you probably wanted lambeau field in the background. i had to veto that and go with the background. >> not your place to editorialize as an eagles fan. we'll talk to you. let's bring in real clear
politics tom. so many poll numbers out today and yesterday including our jou. what is your big take away? >> the big take away, hardly a silver lining anywhere for donald trump to be found. the big take away, looks like hillary clinton, her convention did reinforce all her positive aspects over trump. her temperament and her experience and all that and we'll have to wait and see whether this is a fundamental shift in the race or part of that convention bounce and the race goes back to where it was a little bit before. we don't know that yet. we'll need more data and need more time. >> is there a certain voter area that jumps out the most. as you comb through, she's up big with women and up huge with and we were talking this morning advantages with white voters seniors, independents that you'd
expect, but not by the margins he needs to be up by. >> exactly. he needs to really expand those margins and they're actually shrinking. among independents they're shrinking. among the voters he needs and also among republicans. hillary clinton has more democrats behind her now than donald trump has republicans. he's continuing. we're talking about paul ryan and the interparty fights going on right now and that's reflected in these poll numbers, as well. >> michael steele. >> tom, is there a correlation or finding a correlation between donald trump and those senate democrats that are on the bubble. take, for example, kelly ayotte is her performance before donald trump won the primary worse than after he won the primary? >> i'd have to go back and look, michael. what we do know, these are individual polls and we want to get more data to confirm the results. this is the first round of polls where we're showing donald trump
dragging down senate candidates. we saw it in the pennsylvania poll wheretume toumey is behin. we'll have to wait and see. this is the big concern for republicans, right? that donald trump, again, not just the margin, that is important. but the fact that he's at 32% in pennsylvania and 36% in michigan. these are numbers that frighten republicans who are down and looking up and not seeing and getting a whole lot of help. >> michael steele is now the time when republican leaders actually do the right thing because the polls are actually telling them that they would suffer if they didn't? is now the time that maybe perhaps a point i was making earlier comes to bear? come on. >> no, now is not the time. because the race is just beginning to be engaged, mika. that is this process. we are going to play it out and fight the fight on the ground and help these candidates.
that's what paul ryan and others are trying to do and talking about doing. the party is not putting up a white flag on this. we've been in this situation before on the democrat side and the republican side where august, the numbers don't look so good. but the fight is after labor day. let's see how this things progresses and let's see what donald trump does. maybe there's light in that tweet this morning. who knows. still more runway for this campaign. i think a lot of people in the campaign appreciate that donald trump needs to appreciate that, as well. if he wants to be successful. >> but you were just talking about, basically, following polls and seeing how you could win even if it's wrong. >> yeah. i mean, you're talking about a poll on august 5th, mika. you're not going to throw up the white flag because you're 32%. >> i want to ask mark a question. your experience, runway. when does runway stop? when do the numbers get to the point where from a survival
instinct every republican goes, no. we're not there yet. but what is that number? >> not until after the first debate. i think they will give him to the first debate. that could be a big change. if michael dukakis stands 17 points and that happened in the age of twitter and widespread cable news. people would try to bury george bush, too. there is time to do it. there is runway left. but not at the level of performance that trump has engaged in in the last week. if he engages like this, they could lose the senate and lose the house. if he gets better, there's time. >> also, we're forgetting actually that hillary has the president, she's got the first lady. she's got joe biden and she's got bernie sanders and elizabeth warren and starting towards the general election. plus the campaign in terms of
microtargeting. >> plus the electoral college advantage. >> if anything, this is the time now, regardless of these polls, that everything swings in her favor. >> plus, remember, you can have all the runway you have, but you have to have a plane. there's no plane. >> tom, as you look through these numbers as we turn, head for labor day here and for the first debate. what would you be looking at as leading indicators of where this race will end up in november? >> we have to stay focused on the battleground states because those are the most important. i'm looking at donald trump's favorability. this is the thing. hillary clinton managed in the wake of this convention to move her favorable, unfavorables by a net positive of ten points. her unfavorable came down six. da donald trump's have not moved at all. to cross that threshold, i agree with mark. the debates now become a pivotal moment. one of the moments where trump
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emerging and enlarging demographic in the country. he is purely unqualified. i mean, he'she least qualified person to be president that we ever nominated. if you're a serious person about our country and public policy, you have to wonder about putting someone in office regardless of their temperament that does not have one day experience in any branch of government. >> would you rather trump win in november or lose? >> i would rather he lose. i say that with great pain in my heart. >> people ask me, what do you think about trump? honestly, i don't care for him much and i certainly don't trust hillary. i'm a marine. for me, country comes first. my duty is always to you. so, if donald trump is the president, i'll stand up to him. plain and simple. and if hillary wins, i'll hold her accountable every step of the way. i'm mike coffman and i approve this message.
work hard and serve you. joining us from oklahoma city deputy whip for the republican conference congressman tom cole. >> always good to be with you guys. >> what vin harper was saying to mark halperin "a mistake of historic proportions." vin weber very respected guy. is he right about that? >> i don't think he is. he is a guy that i do like and do admire. elections are about choices and you have talook at what the alternative is. the alternative is a candidate who, frankly, was given a position of great trust and put the security of the country at risk. came within an eye lash of being indicted and foreign policy disasters and continues to be dishonest. four pinocchios for telling us what she thinks the fib director
said. so, i think given those choices it's pretty easy for me to say i'm not going to vote for hillary. >> does it give you pause like general michael hayden or today mike morale deputy at the cia say we cannot elect this man to be president. these are people who understand what it means to be commander in chief and the power of that position. does that give you pause at all to hear from people like that? >> these are guys i know and respect a great deal. they're great patriots. they served their country well. but, again, the alternative is somebody that literally looks you in the eye and doesn't tell you the truth. and has continued to do that. not just i made the mistake. she did things she didn't do and this was approved by professionals at the department. >> for a second there i didn't know who you were talking about. >> if i can finish my point, i think you need to look at both
sides here. i don't find hillary clinton a safer alternative. >> a say safer bet maybe. >> i don't think so. i would rather have somebody who i disagree with some of the things they say or they won't tell me what the truth is. that's a very sobering thing. that's where we've been in this campaign where the secretary is concerned. >> so, what are some of the things that you don't like that donald trump has said? >> i just read with him about the muslim ban and frankly he's backed off that and we're not going to allow people in the country from terrorist controlled areas, that's a perfectly reasonable position. that's not his original position. so, i never had a candidate that i didn't disagree with on something. >> congressman, how about mr. trump's take on sacrifice. we watched what happened with the khan. what a comparable sacrifice in his life is, he said building
buildings. do you agree with that? no comparable sacrifice to a family that lost a son in combat defending this country. particularly for a muslim family in this particular kind of conflict, it's an act of extraordinary harri heroism. that was a misstatement and mistake and should have never been said and unacceptable. i think it's pretty unacceptable to telial put thousands of coal miners out of work. both candidates have put their foot in their mouth several times along the way. >> excuse me, sir, when hillary clinton put her foot in the mouth she went back there and addressed people and owned up to it. tell me except one time for a tweet that donald trump has owned up to any of the raissi things he has said. i don't exactly know how you can be comfortable with this candidate. i can't understand it, but i am going to continue to ask. now, tell me, are you
comfortable with how he's treating kelly ayotte and other republican leaders who desperately need his endorsement or some sort of deal to be made. >> first of all, with all due respect. i don't think they desperately need his endorsement. these are people who have won on their own in their respected states and districts. i think you'll see that on tuesday when i expect that speaker ryan will win pretty handily in his race. if i were advising a candidate and the first thing i'd tell him don't put yourself in the middle of other people's races. i don't think mr. trump should be in anybody's primary. i would say why bring it up at all? you should be talking about hillary clinton and talking about the security of the country and talk about a 1.2% economic growth rate and focus on that. if you want to unify republicans, go after hillary clinton. you'll get them all pretty quickly that way. i think this has been a week of
missteps. do i think it's irretrievable? no, i don't. >> what if you find these missteps continue and he does not talk about the things you want to hear from and perhaps doesn't have the capacity to because that's a legitimate question at this point. >> i doubt he doesn't have the capacity to. he went into his convention behind and regardless for all the criticism he came out of it ahead. he had a pretty normal convention. he's been pretty successful in a lot of primaries. no question, he's reached parts of the electorate that republicans don't traditionally reach. that's a serious contribution. now, let's see where he goes. the problem is, you really do have a first-time candidate. it's like if you were a professional fighter, that's not what most people do. i'm not surprised that you see missteps along the way. the question is, how will it go? i agree with something mark said earlier. i think the debates will be
pretty critical in this. >> michael steele here. >> how are you? >> i should say chairman, actually. >> it's all good. how is speaker ryan right now navigating this fine thread between daonald trump and the tensions around this campaign and the caucus as a whole? how do you see that playing out or going into the fall and with the members inside the house and the senate for that matter? >> well, i think, i think the speaker has done very well. frankly, when he's disagreed, he's said so and been respectful. but he's endorsed the nominee and accepted the verdict of his voters. i think one of the things that, as i look at the numbers, i don't think hillary clinton has much in the way of coattails. i've never seen anybody that has a pull peepinal to office. i think the presidential race is
going on between two candidates. i think what happens down ballot, particularly at congressional districts is likely to be determined what individual members do, not likely to be affected too much on what goes on at the presidential level. i think paul is aware of that and put us in that position and also put together a pretty aggressive platform for us to run on. things that are separate that are our own agenda. created by individual members of the house and the republican party. i think it can sustain itself through tough elections just as it did in 2012. >> congressman in both 1990 and 1996 you'll recall that the wings of your party trying to re-elect and senate republicans distance themselves from the top of the ticket. could you imagine a scenario this year where you guys decide you're better off distancing yourself from donald trump to keep your majority? >> i think it's a little early
to make that call. the right thing to do for any candidate is run your race within your district. most candidates have a pretty good idea of what they need to do and say given what the electorate is and, you know, if they've been successful in the past because they broadly reflect what those people believe. i leave that to them. now, you know, in terms of what we do at the top of the ticket, again, i think, as i said, i think that is in and of itself. not likely to have the down ballot implications. >> congressman, of all the people we have on from washington you always seem to be among the most grounded. >> absolutely. >> that's because i'm from oklahoma. >> and that's where you are today. and i understand your support for the top of your ticket. you know, there's no argument here with the top of your ticket. i get it. that's who you are and that's where you're coming from. let me ask you, in listening to donald trump and watching his campaign now for over a year,
can you think of one example to give us where donald trump seems to understand the concept of human frailty, of vulnerability loss of the human condition? just one? >> that's a great question. i don't know him well enough. i have never met him. it is in july when he came to address the republican conference and i saw him at a convention so i can't give you that kind of personal insight. it is unusual. if you're running for president i have known everybody r for president long before they were running since ronald reagan. it is sort of outside the political realm. you know, that's actually part of his appeal. people don't think we are moving in the right direction. they want to shake it up a lot. the real question is do they
think he can lead them in the right direction and it will shake it up in the right way. >> congressman called before we let you go, if it were possible would you nominate him to be the party after he resigned with the thunder? >> after he blinrings us a coup of nba title -- listen, we hated losing him. there's not a finer person than durant and his mom and what they did for this city. they did for my hometown. when we got torn up by tornados and you guys were there i'm very grateful for that. kevin durant wrote us a million dollars personal check. we had two great guys. we have a great one remaining now. i think he will lead us to where we want to go. >> thank you very much for being on the show this morning.
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what is going on in 400 million in cash being flown in an airplane to iran. >> the only bit of news that was relevant is the fact that we paid cash. the reason cash was exchanged -- >> i wonder where that money really goes. >> who can authorize even in terms of a president, who can authorize $400,000 in cash. >> it wasn't some thdeal. we do not pay ransom for hostages. >> hillary clinton can never be trusted with national security.
we are both supposed to be briefed in the not too distance future. >> they have been told they are classified briefings. if they want to be present they got to start acting like president. >> i'm afraid it will be rigged. >> of course the elections will not be rigged. what does that mean? >> it is a crooked system. we are a rigged system. >> it will be an election like every other election. some times folks start k complaining they got cheated. i never heard of them complains before they got blamed before. it is friday, august 5th. joe has the morning off with us onset. >> legendary. >> mike barnicle and mike halperin. let see if we can get this right.
donnie, the word is lewd. i think it works. >> as he said earlier the word is lewds. >> no. it's lewd. >> don'te lewd. >> it will be lewd. >> it is lewd. >> you're lewd. and former chairman of the republican national committee, michael steele. got kind of a moving thing here. update to what we were talking about earlier. >> donald trump went back to the top. the american shipment of cash, the $400 million. trump repeated the claim of seeing video of the money being unloaded from a plane. >> how stupid are we to allow this to continue to go on, to see what's happening. you know it's interesting because a tape was made. you saw that with an airplane and the airplane coming in and the money coming off i guess,
right? that was given to us, has to be by the iranians. they want to embarrass our country and they want to embarrass our president. we have a president who is incompetent. they want to embarrass -- they want to embarrass our president. i mean who would ever think they would be taking all of this money after the plane and providing us with a tape. >> that video was actually of three of the four american prisoners arriving in switzerland in january. trump tweeted in a short time ago. it was the hostage plane, not the plane carrying $400 million in cash. >> is this is sign of something new? >> but wait there's more.
>> there's more. >> what did trump's critics want him to do? stop making errors and focus on hillary clinton. first he tweets and now he put out a statement about hillary clinton that says donald j. trump on clinton's bad judgment just e-mails this out. hillary clinton beared the responsibility having isis take firm hold in iraq, libya and syria and he talks about her e-mail server and ties her to the $400 million in cash. hillary clinton has had bad judgment and unfit to serve as president. he cleaned up his own mistake and put it on hillary clinton. >> please, do not call him presidential for what any fourth grader. >> please let's not annoy him. >> you can call this a baby
step. >> come on. >> it's what they wanted. >> this is what they wanted. >> wow, there is light at the end of the tunnel. he said i made a fact chul mistake and said what any four-year-old would say. >> i am just saying this is what republicans have been asking him to do. >> i think it's a pretty low bar. can he chew a banana? >> it is better than he was doing earlier in the week. >> did you just say that? >> what are you saying? >> i think both mark and donnie are in the same space here. you know, you're going to need more. you'll need to see this when the next misstep occurred. hopefully they don't want to see that. i think mark was right saying this is what the party has been wanting to have happen. this is part of that plane, mike that you were talking about. get on that plane, run down this
runway, make the case against hillary clinton. it's a baby step, yes but it is an important one. this is the first one donald trump admitted in a tweet i got it wrong. it's an important step for someone like him. >> this is not somebody they want to see if they can get into middle school. it is somebody who is applying for the job of commander in chief, leader of the free world. we are actually giving him a point. >> look at the messenger here. >> it is not about points. it is about looking at someone who has been already noted earlier on this program who is doing this on the first time. it never played. he is running. he is outside of this process which you have a party, people try to go bring him into the process to some degree. let trump be trump with the structure that he will need ton the ground to be successful. it is about recognizing what
needs to be done if he wants to have a credible campaign. it is 7 minutes past 8:00 on a friday morning. donald trump issued a tweet. he issued a statement. he has not yet gone outdoors. what's the overunder? sit a step all over this. >> he has gone to two states that democrats have won in the last five elections, iowa and wisconsin. he has rallies. >> maybe invite paul ryan. >> let's see how much he stick to this and how much -- >> and i want to say, even if he sticks to this from here on out and does nothing but say no more fault and hillary clinton is a bad can dadidate, is that the reason this man should be
commander in chief? how about opposing the absence of negatives or reason to believe? >> as chuck todd said, he's got a mess j. >> what's the message? >> okay. chan what is the message? >> let's make america great again. it does rez cig nate. >> other than me you guys are in the know people. be what does that mean? >> what does hope and change mean? >> there are a bunch of issues out there that donald trump has raised with the vast majority of people. but they are important issues. we talked about the economy. >> i can say we have had the lowest in the last 50 years but give me an answer. that means we do this. >> i'll give you an answer.
what you're doing is you're doing exactly the same thing that 17 other candidates did versus donald trump over the past year and he beat them. >> it is very different in a general election. >> and when you get to that you'll see that. can you tell me the difference. >> do you know where it is? that trump statement that mark read was in response to the director of the cia officially backing hillary clinton for president. michael more ll who served during september 11th and president obama during the osama bin laden raid made the announcement entitled i ran the cia and now i'm endorsing hillary clinton. here is what he says. i spent four years working with mrs. clinton.
most often in the white house situation room. in these critically important meetings i found her to be prepared and willing to change her mind if presented with a compelling argument. in sharp contrast mr. trump has no experience on national security. the character traits he has exhibited said he would be a poor even dangerous commander in chief. he went onto say putin was a career intelligence officer trained to identify vulnerabilities and to exploit them. they played upon trump's vulnerabilities. he responded just as mr. putin calculated he not american interests. in the intelligence business we would say he recruited as an
unwitting agent. if you think it's a bridge too far think again. you ought to study russia. does anyone want to respond? >> the arguments that he is a tool. >> this guy can be so easily tweaked. look at him tweeting to anything. look at any little nudge he pushes back. he lurches with no discipline. you say he didn't have fun with that by tweaking -- >> if he gets ton stage and you know what trump will do at that point? >> it is unfortunately serious what you just said. >> it is serious. >> i would love to know what they discussed when they talked about donald trump. >> they are hoping for him. i have been pushing for him. >> of course they are. >> i think i have always had very, very, very strong questions about hillary clinton in her e-mails and what the inntion was there with a
private server. my instinct is that it was to some how broaden their footprint and maybe even building themselves. do i think it's criminal or nefarious that's dangerous? i don't. i don't. i think it was stupid and perhaps self-serving. we ought to be very worried. there's nothing good happening here. you have to make a decision. you have to look at what is the safer bet. look at hillary clinton's twitter feed right now. look at it. look at her career. look at how she has been saying the same thing about certain policies for decades. this is a real candidate who made some legitimate mistakes along the way for sure. >> donald, he corrected a fact
today and he is a real candidate. >> by the way, there are a lot of people in this country who think the exposure was at least reckless and perhaps criminal. >> i'm telling you what my gut is. >> i understand. what's the chances? w what do the voters think? let's look at some of these. the poll puts donald trump at a 9 point disadvantage, 47-38. secretary clinton had 33. in a four-way match up that includes stein. it is larger than any lead measured in the 2012 race and the biggest since the ten point lead in mid-october, 2008. it has clinton up 15 points.
it is a 12 point swing in her favor. clinton racks up leads in the swing states. up 6 in florida, 11 in pennsylvania, 15 in new hampshire. signs of trouble too in some of the thraditional red states. it is a democrat has not won since 1999 finds clinton ahead 44-40. clinton has the advantage 41-38 over clinton. >> trump over clinton. you dig into these nbc wall street journals among nonwhite voters. it is 91-1 among african americans. he is clinging at this point now by narrower margins than ever. >> and i'm sticking with the
firm of halperin and steele on this. polls are a reflection of a moment. i get that. i think we paid too much attention to this daily various polls that we get. i think the whole thing is when is dinner going to be served? the first debate. >> let me ask you a question. unless i'm crazy the debates play so heavily to hillary clinton. that's when it's -- yes, that's when you really can't just say make america great again. that's when you to know where it is. >> biggest since the moon landing. >> all hillary has to do is ask a serious fact chul question. >> what if she says do you want to lace up really. >> it is not a speech.
it is a one on one contest. trump has not gone through that. >> and i was going to say the answer to michael's question, she turns to donald trump and says do you really want to lock me up? he looks at her and goes yes i do and lays out the indictment for why. it has just as much residence. that's what this race is about. this is not a policy race. it has never been a policy race. it is not about a lot of things that the people in washington think it's about. we see it with donald trump. the voters are looking at this through a very different primz. >> it is always the gut. people never vote on policy. they vote on their gut.
they make people afraid he could blow up the world. that's what hillary is not going let go of that during the debate. it will come through in a very granular way. >> we'll see. >> and we had a graphic about the georgia polling. hillary clinton is up four points. >> in the four-way race. and we'll go through some of the brand new interview and paul ryan says donald trump has had a strange run lately. he will not appear with donald trump when trump visits the state of wisconsin today. we'll talk about all of that in just a minute. bill has a check on the forecast. we are watching a pretty quiet weekend coming our way. now we are going to watch a pretty typical summertime heat.
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donald trump is taking it to green bay, wisconsin. ron johnson and paul ryan all say they will not attend trump's rally. donald trump and mike pence are down playing reports between two men after they endorsed paul ryan in his primary race. >> he said do you mind? paul ryan is a good guy, actually. he is a good guy. so mike called me and he said yesterday and me said would you mind if i endorsed?
i won't do that if it will cause any complications. he is the greatest human being. he said i like it. i will not do it if i say no. he endorsed him. >> of course i support john mac kab a john mccain. we talked a little bit yesterday. i told him that paul ryan was my friend of many years. he is a strong conservative leader. he strongly encouraged it. >> when asked initially he did not endorse mccain leading to tweet i remember traveling with john mccain to campaign for several times far desperaor a d mike pence.
speaker ryan is standing by his endorsement though he did hint at a possible future reversal during radio interviews yesterday. >> would there ever be a bridge too far where you have to set -- >> of course there are moments in that. i will not get into the speculation. none of these things are speculatives of any situation in any kind of race. right now i think it's important that the voters, you know, he won the thing fair and square. it's that simple. he has had pretty strange run since the convention. you would think we ought to be focusing on hillary clinton. it is distruessing that's not what we are talking about these days. >> hoping he would pull back his endorsement, was disappointed by what he heard.
>> and i still think that's a legitimate point despite how others may view it. at the end of the day it is still a political process. it is about winning the white house in november. it is about holding a majority in the house and retaining a majority in the senate. that's the politics of this. we can grab the moral high ground. speaker ryan has an obligation to his members to make sure their seats are safe. he is trying to, you know, thread this needle very carefully. he has a very anxious upset base. a lot of republicans quite honestly, and it's the difficulty that we all see, donald trump has to come and meet the party half way if this thing is going to work. it will be a cluster you know
what right through november. >> it is already. >> and a lot of people in the party are going to be in the very awkward position of trying to threat that needle day in and day out. there will come a point where they will stop doing that. >> and it should happen right now. >> it can't. it can't. >> why? >> because we are trying to win this election. >> are you sure you want to do that? >> at the end of the day this is about the supreme court. it is about the policies. >> it is about our safety. >> there are a lot of things here. >> you have your candidate. >> i really don't. i will vote for hillary clinton. i have been really really skeptical. i am voting for hillary clinton. there is absolutely no way. i know a lot of republicans feel that way too. donald trump seems like he might
not even be all right if you know what i'm saying. >> not everybody feels the way you feel. there are those -- >> i'm asking how you feel. >> and so the fact of the matter is this is a faight for the whie house. a lot of us will be in this fight through this fall. that's what this is. we put up the fight. we have a candidate who is weak. it is so he can win this thing. that's what voters are talking about. >> you know i don't like your answer. >> yeah. >> i will just say he came -- >> and i appreciate yours. >> and he joined this race saying he was a deal maker. i make deals. i make deals. that's what i do. has he made any deals with republicans or has he pulled the rug out from underneath them.
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>> we just got to monthly jobs report. >> you should know we got a very strong number. the headline number plus 255,000 jobs that beats the forecast for $179,000 gain. we got the unemployment rate holding steady at 4.9%. average hourly earnings. it is up three tenths. it is better than expectations as well and better than it was last month. some of the highlights, private sector hiring up by 217,000 jobs. also the past prior two months
numbers were revised higher. i also want to tell you that the big gains through the business services sector and leisure and hospitality helping to lead some of those gains. >> we also have new data out showing that the presidential run is actually hurting his businesses. explain. >> here is how we are going to frame it. it is a company called four square. they have an application that kind of tracks people by their cell phones, where they go, where they check in and where they hang out. what it is showing is it is showing foot traffic at some of the trump branded properties is showing signs of less traffic than they have seen in the past. it is coming from a location app. we'll see whether or not there's any kind of formal response from trump hems aboimself.
>> all right. thanks very much. we have author and columnist and msnbc contributor. >> i think he enjoys applause. >> he does. >> yeah. round of applause. >> donnie is lewd. >> lewd. >> and lemgendary. >> i think lewd and legendary. >> got them both. >> and i don't know what you think of this four square think but i do think donald trump is hurting his brand, his actual business brand. is it just me and my world view? >> and donnie -- >> and his seething reports this morning. and a noted political expert named mike tyson said everybody has a plan until they get hit. trump has been hit now in the last five or six days in a way
that is kind of stunning. what's interesting about the khans is if he had just left it alone it would have been a powerful moving and eloquent message. it would have -- especially parents in the audience would have been moved by it. he has made it worse. when he said the other day i was viciously attacked, am i not allowed to respond? the answer is no, you're not. and of all of the stuff that's been said, lying ted and crooked hillary, all of it, okay, mrs. khan did the most damage originally by standing there. his silence became as eloquent as anybody on any show and anybody has written over the last week. >> the question though, her question is really kind of interesting given the evidence that you hear of there that so many of trump's decisions, daily
s decisions resolve around will it hurt my business? you hear it. >> i will answer two ways. it is where he will come out on the positive end. i believe it will be the trump network. having said that, his real estate business, i have talked a lot. i like his kids. as far as him as a candidate, his business or yens is different. it is uneducated. the people who are moving into trump buildings are highly educated. i think a lot of them would be embarrassed to be in the buildings right now. i have no numbers to support this. this aspirational brand is very different on a building now. i think it will effect his
holdings. >> and you have spent more time than any of us have. how much is that in his overall business? >> he cares a lot about the business. they spend an extrade nar amount of time dealing with it. i believe -- i never believed he ran to help the business. i believe there are people who don't like the brand. he already lost some business. i think the calculation is about not about taking any edge off. >> i disagree. i think that is his core still. >> i think -- >> the trump name. >> i don't think it will make decisions based on that. >> hold that thought. still ahead -- >> it's hard to even hold onto one good thought. >> i know the feeling. we are getting old. stay.
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against that? >> he knows how to stand up and he knows how to snd strong. standing up to russian aggression will be really different and everybody knows that. look, the reality is that whether it be putin or the dissolving of the map in libya and in syria and isis the american people know that truth of history, that weakness arouses evil is on full display. donald trump will be strong. honestly the comment by the former c.i.a. official, i assume isis was the jv team. >> in every battleground poll, would you knowledge you're climbing out of a big hole and does trump have only himself to
blame nafor that? >> the only poll that matters is on election day. as we canvassed out west we are seeing tremendous crowds and tremendous enthusiasm. i really do believe it's because donald trump's message, the stronger is -- >> how do you explain -- >> i'm grateful for the support we are receiving across the country. >> it has never been more united than right now. yet we see these big republican defections, can you agree with that with a straight face? >> well, i can't. donald trump and i are standing shoulder to shoulder to say to the american people that we can be strong again. we can stand with our allies or stand up to those that threaten
us. it is reeling with the news that the obama administration delivered 400 million on the very day they released four hostages. the very president can say that wasn't a ransom payment but the whole world knows that it was. >> we have an interesting question. >> the wife didn't speak? >> we didn't use that part. >> okay. i'm sorry. >> it is usually wrong about everything. >> mike and his wife speaking today earlier with savanna savannah guthrey. hi. >> hi. >> i'm trying to think of how to formulate this question. jay, help me out here. i guess mike pence did some coming back swinging better than at least trump could have.
>> i mean what is he going to say? at this point it is sort of like i love the 11-year-old question. i love the question he got yesterday. it is isn't it your job or haven't you been going around softening everything that donald trump says? he did the same thing. he is sort of saying, yeah, we are just making america great again and everything is going well. don't listen to what mike says. he is not credible as an endorser. look at the $400 million. don't listen, don't worry about our endorsements. everything is going great. it is really his job for donald trump is to sort of say don't worry about all of the other stuff over there. everything is going fine. >> mike, you were about to make a point when i cut you off rudely. >> it is interesting when you look at the whole ark of this campaign to hear. trump had something great going for him.
>> it was amazing. >> it was a changed candidate in a changed year. he didn't just have the economy. number one on that list was change versus more of the same. they talked about it every single day. trump had all of that going for him. now the way this thing is going, mike, don't you think it will be like turning a battleship around? i know there are 90 plus days to go. >> if you can set the frame in august you can set it up. if they continue to have good luck and the success they have had in their campaign and if donald trump continues to stumble over the next two or three weeks, the odds are they could frame it up by the end of
this month. >> and the odds are against republicans. they said we need to run a perfect campaign and they are not doing that right now. >> so i guess is it okay -- it has happened this week. we have crossed this line. i want to make sure it isn't kind of lowering the level of the conversation. people are asking the question, is he okay, like is he fit? is his mind to too focused in an unhealthy way on things that would be bad ultimately? are these questions okay to ask at this point? >> they are certainly things hillary clinton is asking, is he fit to be president? it was amazing. it was striking when hillary came out and went right for the barry goldwater, is he fit to be
president? and they really struck upon a kind of -- the way they sort of get him off of his game. you can see that over and over. they find a way to get under his skin. they provoke him essentially. instead of focusing on what they should be focusing on like jobs or the economy or national security every day the democrats have gotten him off of his message. that's very much a theme i think you'll see for the next few months as democrats continue to provoke him to stay on as a candidate. >> thank you very much. we are back with more "morning joe" in just a moment. ♪
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house wrote an open letter in which he says welcome to wisconsin but let's get something straight. we are ryan republicans, not trump republicans. the event tonight will be fascinating. >> i will turn to mike. he has say fashion update he wants to talk about. >> well, first of all, we are all with you. we are all praying for you, deckland. we are also praying for me to get enough shirts that the pences were wearing. >> you like those matching shirts? >> yeah. and today on the 99 cents a hot dog -- >> and -- >> i could see you and ann wearing those at the next golfing event. keep it clean. >> i was listening to michael steele. he and his madison avenue friends are trying to run this country. >> the elites.
>> i thought that was good. >> all right. we finish this morning, this week with michael steele. what did you learn today? [ laughter ] >> i don't think we have that much time. i will say that i learned when you go toe-to-toe, come ready. >> can you get me one of those pence shirts? >> no. >> i need you all to go home and think about everything that you said. all right. that's it for us today. if it's way too early it's morning joe. stephanie picks up the coverage right now. >> please. good morning. breaking news, killing jobs report, the big question, could it boost hillary clinton? donald trump plunges in the polls as he tears into the president over payments to iran. >> to allow this to continue to
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